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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Puppy Love Stained Glass Night Light

When my nephew Ryan and his wife Jennifer had their first baby, Julia, I made for her a night light.  It was a teddy bear with a blue ribbon around it's neck and holding a red heart. Cool...
This past summer they had their second little girl, Victoria.  I wanted to make a night light for her that was comparable, but different.  I found a pattern of a puppy with a tennis shoe in it's mouth, and voila! 
Puppy love. 



Jennifer was interested in the process involved, and guess what,
I just happened to take some pictures along the way!



Here is my design, and the pattern after tracing it with carbon paper onto half of a manila folder, which I cut out and glued to the glass.  Then I cut the glass to individual pieces......


...and grind them to their exact shapes.


 I wrap each piece with a strip of copper foil,
 which has an adhesive backing. 
After burnishing, this foil is what the solder flows on,
to hold everything together.
 Now I tack it all to the pattern to keep things in place while I solder.


Next I apply some flux to the seams,
which helps the solder flow smoothly, and solder...



          You'll notice that their is a tab at the puppies feet...
             this goes in the slot of the wooden base of the night light.
I also used black glass cabochons,
 which are rounded on the top, for the eyes.


There's alot of washing after soldering to remove all the flux and finger prints.
I am also prone to finishing most solder with a dark patina,
 instead of leaving it shiny silver...that's just how I like it.


Sweet dreams!

Feel free to leave a comment!.....please? 
And do come see what's new in the shop...



     

2 comments:

  1. I bet Victoria will love her night light. Very nice!

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  2. RozMcKenzieGlassDesignerNovember 26, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Thank you for your comment on my blog, I am glad you liked the botanical panels. I like your puppys, they're very cute!

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